In the Matter of Fulton Casey Dale Cornwell, Respondent. Appellate Case No. 2018-001660
Submitted February 6, 2019
S. Nichols, Disciplinary Counsel, and Ericka McCants
Williams, Senior Assistant Disciplinary Counsel, both of
Columbia, for the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
Casey Dale Cornwell, of Columbia, pro se.
attorney disciplinary matter, respondent and the Office of
Disciplinary Counsel (ODC) have entered into an Agreement for
Discipline by Consent (Agreement) pursuant to Rule 21 of the
Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement (RLDE) contained in
Rule 413 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules (SCACR).
In the Agreement, respondent admits misconduct and consents
to a three-year suspension or disbarment. We accept the
Agreement and disbar respondent from the practice of law in
this state, retroactive to the date of his interim
suspension. The facts, as set forth in the Agreement,
are as follows.
being appointed to represent a client in a post-conviction
relief (PCR) matter, respondent failed to keep his client
reasonably informed of the status of the matter and failed to
respond to reasonable requests for information.
II, IV, VI, & VIII
was appointed or retained to represent various clients in PCR
matters. During respondent's representation of the
clients in Matters II, IV, and VI, respondent failed to keep
the clients reasonably informed as to status of their cases.
In Matters VI and VIII, respondent failed to respond to the
clients' reasonable requests for information.
in Matters II, IV, and VIII, respondent failed to respond to
the initial notices of investigation (NOI) and to the
Treacy letters from ODC seeking responses to the
complaints. In Matter VI, respondent initially failed
to respond to the NOI but later filed a written response to
the NOI upon a written inquiry from ODC.
the underlying complaint in this matter was ultimately
determined to be without merit, respondent failed to respond
to the NOI.